National Young Athletes’ League, Round 4 St Albans,

19th June 2011

Final result




St Albans


Havering Mayesbrook



The National Young Athletes League squad’s season ended on a disappointing note when they brought up the rear at St Albans on Sunday.  With a place in the promotion final out of reach and with no threat of relegation, the short-handed team struggled against high-flying Tonbridge and hosts St Albans.

There were some fine individual performances from the team and many personal bests.

Alex Law long jumped a massive 6.49m to add 16cms to his week-old club record for the longest jump in the UK this summer by an U15 boy. He won the hurdles and discus for good measure.

Lydia Hallam front-ran a superb personal best in the U15 800m to clock 2:15.4s, the third fastest time in Britain this year which earned her a late call up for the English Schools Championships. Heidi Surman-Wells broke her PB in second with 2:23.0s.

Ed Thompson won the U15 boys pole vault in his first competition with a 2.30m jump to enter the club all-time top 10, as did Lewis Middleton with his 2.20m clearance.

The usually dominant Under 17 Men a came up against strong opposition with only Josh Olawore (hurdles & long jump) and Danny Wilson ((discus) victorious. There was a glut of second places thanks to Wilson again (400m), Hoseah Gikungu (1500m & 3000m), George Hadler (400m hurdles), Josh Conners (1500m ‘chase) and Ben Thompson (shot & discus)

The other Under 15 Girls gave a good display in addition to the 800m pairing’s success.

Heidi Surman-Wells and Michelle Hughes were first and second in the hurdles, with Heidi second in the long jump, while Michelle again and Megan Poultney took the two top spots in the high jump. Mercy Gutteridge continued her unbeaten record in the four league fixtures, equalling her club record of 2.50m. made it three wins in three fixtures in the pole vault.  The powerful duo of Georgie Taylor and Rachel Forder were first and second in the discus - with Georgie setting anew league discus record - and the javelin, with Rachel coming out on top. Georgie was second in the shot with Rachel third.  

In addition to Alex Law and the pole vaulters’ performances, Tobi Adeyemi was a 100m winner for the Under 15 Boys and he was also runner up to Alex in the long jump. Morgan Seaman was affine 100m winner for the Under 13 Boys and newcomer Sam Thompson bagged second place points in both 800m and shot. 

Modupe Shokunbi provided a winning double for the Under 13 Girls taking both the 75m and high jump. Freya Gutteridge threw the shot to a new PB for victory.

Just five Under 17 Women made the trip but all scored well. Deborah Knight won the shot was runner up in both 200m & javelin while other runners up places were gained by Becky Stanley (300m & 800m).

Link to HMAC Results (PDF)